8 BEST Grounded Armor [200+ Hours Experience]

Fancy some ant, bee, and other creature armors? Wear these gear pieces & survive longer in Grounded!

Grounded features armor pieces and complete set pieces ranging from Tier-I to Tier-II and Tier-III. The higher the armor tier, the stronger or more valuable it is in the game. Sometimes, you will also need to learn how to repair tools and structures to survive longer. That is why having the best base with floors and boundaries will ensure you’re away from hostile creatures. 

Let’s first have a quick look at the comparison between the Armor Sets of Grounded:

ArmorDefenceType Piece EffectSleek Effect Set Bonus
Red Ant Armor Set15light armor Hauling StrengthGrass Harvest SpeedHumAnt
Grub Armor Set15medium armorMax StaminaHyperstaminaOptimized Offense
Spider Armor Set15light armor Hasty RegenPoison DamageHunter's Prowess
Ladybug Armor Set15Heavy ArmorBlock StrengthIncreased HealingScarlet Embrace
Assassin Armor Set40light armor CutmanCrit StunCritical Chain
Fire Ant Armor Set40Heavy ArmorCorrosionAcid DamageAcidic Splash
Black Ox Armor Set40Heavy ArmorOverbearingQuickchargeStunning Charger
Roly poly Armor Set40Heavy ArmorBlock StunBlock StrengthTaunting Gaze

Red Ant Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Red Ant Helmet
  • Red Ant Head x1
  • Red Ant Part x3
  • Mite Fuzz x5
Red Ant Arm Guards
  • Red Ant Part x5
  • Acid Gland x2
  • Mite Muzz x2
Red Ant Knee Guards
  • Red Ant Part x6
  • Crude Rope x2
  • Mite Muzz x4

Building your base with proper floors, boundaries, and what should be the first thing players should do in Grounded. While most of the time goes into hauling large-sized items, having a complete Red Ant Armor set will not only provide you with extra damage protection but also give you the ability to carry more objects. 

Wearing the complete lightweight armor set will give you a 10% Damage reduction at the cost of 5% extra stamina consumption. The numbers are relatively low when you compare a lightweight armor with a heavy one. 

Wearing a complete Red Ant Armor set grants you three status effects or bonuses that you will really appreciate in the early game. You get Hauling Strength, Grass Harvest Speed, and HumAnt by wearing all three gear pieces in Grounded. 

Hauling Strength significantly increases your capacity to carry Grass Planks and Weed Stems. The Grass Harvest is a minor upgrade as it increases your ability to chop down tall grass for farming plants and planks. Lastly, HumAnt set bonus effects to allow you to get ignored by all Red Ant creatures. You will no longer be hostile to them even if you walk beside them. However, if you attack one or steal something that belongs to Red Ants, they’d immediately turn hostile.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 3, Upper Body: 9
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 2.5%, Upper Body: 5%
Piece Effect Hauling Strength
Sleek Effect Grass Harvest Speed
Set Bonus HumAnt
Class Light Armor
Class Perks 5% Extra Stamina Usage & 10% Damage Reduction

How To Unlock

red ant light armor set – Grounded [Image Credit: eXputer]
Unlocking the Red Ant lightweight Armor set is pretty easy and early in Grounded. All you need to do is approach a red ant colony and start killing a couple of them. Collect the materials from them and Analyze them at your research station. This, of course, also requires you to be at Brainpower Level 2. Once you’ve done that, gather the required materials as listed in the table above and be ready to craft the gear pieces as shown in my image above.

Grub Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Grub Goggles
  • Grub Hide x3
  • Raw Weevil Meat x1
Grub Vest
  • Grub Hide x5
  • Grub Sludge x2
  • Dry Glass Chunk x4
Grub leggings
  • Grub Hide x4
  • Dry Glass Chunk x4
  • Mite Muzz x2

Grub mediumweight armor set is much better than the two I listed above as it neither consumes too much of your stamina nor does a tradeoff of your defense. It strikes the perfect balance between providing excellent resistance and offering faster stamina regeneration. 

Wearing the complete Grub set gives you Max Stamina, Hyperstamina, and Optimized Offense bonuses. All three offer increased stamina capacity, regeneration, and reduced cost while attacking creatures. I think Grub medium armor set is the best if you wield heavy melee weapons, play recklessly, and still have left enough stamina to escape a tight spot.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 3, Upper Body: 9
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 5%, Upper Body: 10%
Piece Effect Tenderfoot Offense
Sleek Effect Hyper stamina
Set Bonus Optimized Offense
Class Medium Armor
Class Perks 15% Extra Stamina Usage & 20% Damage Reduction

How To Unlock

grub medium armor set – Grounded [Image Credit: eXputer]
In order to get your hands on Grub armor set pieces, you will need to reach Brainpower Level 3 and kill a few Grubs to gather Grub Hide or Grub Sludge components. Once you get these, Analyze them and get the armor set crafting recipe. Then gather the items I listed in the image above and get yourself an excellent early-game medium armor gear in Grounded.

Spider Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Spider Hood
  • Spider Fang x2
  • Spider Chunk x3
  • Berry Leather x2
Spider Shoulder Guard
  • Silk Rope x2
  • Spider Chunk x5
  • Berry Leather x3
Spider Knee Pads
  • Silk Rope x4
  • Spider Chunk x4
  • Berry Leather x2

Spider Armor is a Tier-II medium armor gear piece that not only offers excellent damage reduction but gives you the perks that are oriented towards reckless or attacking play style. If you’re tired of playing the game safely, then this armor set is the right pick for you. Wearing the complete set will give you Hasty Regen, Poison Damage, and Hunter’s Prowess bonus perks/effects.

The quantity of stamina used during attacks is reduced because of Hasty Regen’s effect. On the other hand, having Hunter’s Prowess dramatically boosts the rate at which players’ stamina is regenerated.

Poison Damage is a passive ability that, when equipped, enhances the damage that players’ poison attacks do. In addition, it has a special distribution that enables players to wear other gear in place of the headpiece and still retain, up to some extent of, the sleek effect.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 7.5, Upper Body: 15
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 5%, Upper Body: 10%
Piece Effect Hasty Regen
Sleek Effect Poison Damage
Set Bonus Hunter’s Prowess
Class Medium Armor
Class Perks 15% Extra Stamina Usage & 20% Damage Reduction

How To Unlock

spider medium armor set – Grounded [Image Credit: eXputer]
Spider armor set is a fairly mid-game gear piece that you can have after unlocking the Brainpower Level 8. Once you’ve hit the level, just collect the required materials I have listed and then hunt some spiders. Bring the Spider Chunk part to your research station and Analyze the part to receive the set pieces. 

Ladybug Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Ladybug Faceplate
  • Ladybug Head x1
  • Ladybug Part x2
  • Berry Leather x3
Ladybug chestplate
  • Flower Petal x2
  • Ladybug Part x4
  • Berry Leather x4
Ladybug shin guards
  • Flower Petal x5
  • Ladybug Part x4
  • Berry Leather x4

The Ladybug Armor set is a good piece of mid-game gear that can be obtained in Grounded. It is a Tier 2 suit of armor, and the components of the set are constructed from Ladybug parts, as the name of the kit indicates. When you have the whole set on, you will get perks called: Blocking Strength, Health Received, and Scarlet Embrace.

The Blocking Strength is a stat that players may train to raise their blocking threshold. The health boost that you get from using restorative goods like Fiber Bandages and Healbasa is increased by the Sleek effect called Health Received. When you successfully block an attack, you have a chance to temporarily regenerate some of your health thanks to the set bonus Scarlet Embrace.

We ranked Ladybug higher than most Tier-III sets in my list because this one not only offers excellent damage resistance, but its bonuses are very useful than most.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 7.5, Upper Body: 15
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 7.5%, Upper Body: 15%
Piece Effect Block Strength
Sleek Effect Increased Healing
Set Bonus Scarlet Embrace
Class Heavy Armor
Class Perks 30% Damage Reduction & 25% Extra Stamina Usage

How To Unlock

ladybug heavy armor set – Grounded [Image Credit: eXputer]
In order to unlock the Ladybug heavy armor set in Grounded, you will need to kill a ladybug, which is actually available to kill from the early game, but she is a tough creature. Regardless of it, once you kill it, collect the Ladybug part, and Analyze it at your research station, you will get the crafting recipe for the set pieces. 

Assassin Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Assassin’s Mask
  • Mantis Head x1
  • Mantis Chunk x2
  • Pond Moss x10
Assassin’s Chestplate
  •  Mantis Claw x1
  • Mantis Chunk x2
  • Pupa Leather x10
Assassin’s Greaves
  • Mantis Claw x1
  • Mantis Chunk x2
  • Lint Rope x10

Crafted from several components of the Mantis Creature, the Assassin’s Armor is a piece of light armor that belongs to the Tier III category. Equipping the complete set will give you Cutman, Crit Stun, and Critical Chain bonuses.

The critical hit effect is the primary emphasis of all of the armor set bonuses, and it is responsible for the majority of the bleeding that occurs when you attack. The fact that it causes attackers to bleed after they take a critical blow is one of the reasons why this armor set is so powerful in the game.

Its set bonus, Critical Chain, continues this pattern by increasing the likelihood of scoring a critical hit with each successive strike after a critical hit has been scored. When you land a critical hit, the Crit Stun ability will stun the victim for an extended amount of time.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 10, Upper Body: 20
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 2.5%, Upper Body: 5%
Piece Effect Cutman
Sleek Effect Crit Stun
Set Bonus Critical Chain
Class Light Armor
Class Perks 5% Extra Stamina Usage & 10% Damage Reduction

How To Unlock

Assassin light armor set – Grounded [Image Credit: eXputer]
In order to unlock this end-game armor set, you will need to defeat one of the end-game bosses, Mantis. You need to have some of the best weapons in the game and armor sets in order to kill this creature. Collect the Mantis Head and Mantis Chunk parts and Analyze them to receive the crafting blueprint. You can then make the complete Assassin armor set by accumulating the required materials I listed in the table above.

Fire Ant Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Fire Ant Helmet 
  • Fire Ant Head x1
  • Fire Ant Part x3
  • Lint Rope x2
Fire Ant Chestplate
  • Fire Ant Part x5
  • Fire Ant Mandibles x2
  • Lint Rope x2
Fire Ant Legplates
  • Fire Ant Part x6
  • Dust Mite Fuzz x4
  • Lint Rope x2

The Fire Ant Armor is a gear piece that has been constructed from various parts of fire ants. This Tier III medium armor set gives an advantage to acid status effect attacks when used against hostile enemies. When you equip all three pieces of equipment, you will get Corrosion, Acid damage, and Acidic splash set bonuses.

When a hit is scored, there is a possibility that the enemy’s defense will be reduced because of the Corrosion effect. This set’s bonus may be strengthened thanks to the Acid Damage ability, which makes acid strikes inflict more damage. Last but not least, the set bonus causes an additional splash of acid to be launched while striking enemies, which simply does more damage.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 10, Upper Body: 20
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 5%, Upper Body: 10%
Piece Effect Corrosion
Sleek Effect Acid Damage
Set Bonus Acidic Splash
Class Medium Armor
Class Perks 20% Damage Reduction & 15% Extra Stamina Usage

How To Unlock

Fire ant Medium armor set – Grounded [Image Credit: eXputer]
Fire Ant armor is a mid to late-game gear piece in Grounded, and you can obtain its recipe by Analyzing Fire Ant parts acquired after you’ve killed a few of them. Once you get the crafting recipe, you will need to collect the required materials, as listed in the table above, to make the full set.

Black Ox Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Black Ox Helm
  • Black Ox Horn x2
  • Black Ox Part x3
  • Pupa Leather x2
Black Ox Harness
  • Lint Rope x4
  • Black Ox Part x4
  • Pupa Leather x1
Black Ox Legwraps
  • Lint Rope x2
  • Black Ox Part x2
  • Dust Mite Fuzz x5

The Black Ox armor set is a late-game gear piece in Grounded, and since it is a Tier-III set, it has some serious effects and bonuses. Equipping the complete Black Ox armor set gives you Overbearing, Quickcharge, and Stunning Charger bonuses.

Overbearing allows you to debuff enemy attacks as long as you continue dealing damage with charge attacks. The Quick charge is pretty self-explanatory as it decreases the time you charge and unleashes the attack on a creature.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 10, Upper Body: 20
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 5%, Upper Body: 10%
Piece Effect Overbearing
Sleek Effect Quick Charge
Set Bonus Stunning Charger
Class Medium Armor
Class Perks 15% Extra Stamina Usage & 20% Damage Reduction

How To Unlock

black ox medium armor set – Grounded [Image Credit: eXputer]
You can unlock this armor set by Analyzing Black Ox Horn and Black Ox Part. However, you will also need to have Brainpower Level 13 unlocked to craft this gear piece further with the right required materials. 

Roly Poly Armor Set

Gear Piece Crafting Materials Required
Roly Poly Helmet
  • Lint Rope x 5
  • Roly Poly Shell x3
  • Pupa Leather x5
Roly Poly Breastplate
  • Roly Poly Part x2 
  • Roly Poly Shell x4
  • Pupa Leather x7
Roly Poly Legplates
  • Lint Rope x6
  • Roly Poly Shell x3
  • Roly Poly Part x8

There are not many armor sets in Grounded that allow you to really become a tanky character and be reckless while attacking enemies. Luckily, the Roly Poly is a tier-III heavy end-game armor set that basically makes your character nearly impossible to kill. Wearing the full set gives you Block Stun, Blocking Strength, and Invincible Shielding bonuses. 

The Block Stun basically increases the enemy’s stun bar as long as they continue to attack while you block all the incoming strikes. The sleek effect of Roly Poly Armor, Blocking Strength, gives you increased endurance to sustain more block damage before you’re stunned by a creature’s strikes. Lastly, as a tradeoff of not making this set overpowered in Grounded, the Invincible Shielding basically draws creatures’ attention towards you, and they attack you every now and then.

Defense Head & Lower Body: 10, Upper Body: 20
Resistance Head & Lower Body: 7.5%, Upper Body: 15%
Piece Effect Block Stun
Sleek Effect Block Strength
Set Bonus Taunting Gaze
Class Heavy Armor
Class Perks 30% Damage Reduction & 25% Extra Stamina Usage

How To Unlock

Roly Poly Armor set [Image Credit: eXputer]
The fastest or probably the only way to unlock the Roly Poly armor set in Grounded is to Analyze a Roly Poly shell. Once you do that, you will get the crafting recipe to make all three set pieces, as I have shown in the image above; of course, you will need to collect the materials as well that will be used in the process of crafting. 

Summary

That wraps up my Grounded Best light, medium, and heavy Armor set guide. Have you tried all the gear pieces I have listed above? Which armor sets are in your top three list? Let me know more of your thoughts in the comment section below. 


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